First, I’m proud to be part of James Duncan Davidson’s red color bias.
Speaking of red, step deep into beauty with Alex Waterhouse-Hayward’s A Study in Red (& Purple).
Finally, on my trip to Japan, it became clear that the hot new pocket cam is totally the Ricoh GX-100. Two or three different heavy geeks I ran across are using it; with the notable exception of Akihito Fujii, who has the even-more-esoteric Ricoh GR Digital, and let me know he didn’t think much of the GX-100’s zoom lens.
Above, a scene from an interview I did with three Japanese tech journalists, showing a GX-100 in action. Aaaack! I can’t find their name-cards! The fellow closest to the camera is Tomihisa Fuon, I know that because he’s appeared here before. [Is this cool or what: Yohei Yamamoto, who works for Ricoh and is the person in the middle, writes a comment below identifying himself and the photographer, who is Inao-san, editor of Web+DB Press. Thank you Yamamoto-san, and I’m terribly sorry about misplacing the cards. And of course I should have said that the man in the background at the left is H. Tony Sugimoto, of Sun PR in Japan.]
Anyhow, one or two of my colleagues let me fondle their GX-100s, and I looked at one in Yodabashi’s Akihabara store, but I’m glad I didn’t buy it because it’s a lot cheaper this side of the Pacific.
That’s if you can get one; the exclusive US importer is Adorama and they’re sold out. There are a few out there on EBay though.
The ergonomics are just delicious, but peeking in the DPReview Ricoh Forum reveals one big downside: it’s pig-slow writing RAW pictures to the card. Also some reliability problems. Still, it’s nice that at least one manufacturer cares about making something that fits in your pocket and still appeals to photo-geeks.